Program for First Voice “J-town Culture Bearer” series, Sakuramatsuri, San Francisco 2019.
First Voice presented a four-part performance series, “J-Town Culture Bearers: PAST PRESENT FUTURE INFINITY” during the 52nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Featuring Mas Koga (Sat, April 13, 2019, 3:30 PM, JCCCNC), Akira Tana & Otonowa (Sat, April 13, 2019, 8:30 PM, Japantown East Mall, Suite 520), Mark Izu Sun, April 14, 2019, 3:30 PM, Japantown East Mall, Suite 520), and SFBATCO “Hapa Voices” (Sat, April 20, 2019
4:00 PM, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California)
Sponsored by J-town Task Force, J-town Foundation, GFTA, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Since 1976 Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu have played a central role in the evolution of Asian American Art. They founded First Voice in 1997, with a mission to create, present and contribute the stories and music of people living between worlds. Critical to this mission is "personal experience" or "voice" - essential to the authentic representation of the people of the United States. Aoki’s grandfather, Chojiro Peter Aoki, was one of the founders of Japantown in 1897.
The J-town Task Force mission is to preserve and develop Japantown, strengthen the ethnic diversity, and create an atmosphere of safety, beauty, vitality, and prosperity.